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Vince presses England case with longest ever innings

by Wisden Staff 1 minute read

James Vince made a late case for retention in England’s Test squad with the longest innings of his life against Somerset in Taunton.

The Hampshire captain stroked an epic double century to finish the final day – which Hampshire safely saw out for a draw – on 201 not out from 437 balls.

England’s selectors, now headed by Ed Smith, will on Tuesday name their squad for the first Test against Pakistan at Lord’s on May 24.

Mark Wood, who returned home early from the IPL to press his case for inclusion, did himself no harm by taking six wickets in the second innings against Derbyshire.

The performances came on the same day that England’s plans were dealt a blow by the news that Jack Leach has broken a thumb that will rule him out of consideration as England’s spinner.

A squad announcement is expected at 3pm on Tuesday.

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